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first the headlines at this hour. a strong typhoon rips through okinawa in southern japan bringing record rainfall and putting residents further north on edge. north korea's neighbors are on guard after authorities there fired off two more missiles. and nuclear watch exams the issue of the disposal of
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high-level radioactive waste. weather officials lifted an emergency warning for heavy rain but then issued again. >> translator: okinawa is experiencing heavy rains like they have never seen before. >> the weather officials say it's possible a major disaster could happen in okinawa. they advised more than 200,000 residents on the main island to get to safe places. they are telling people to move to shelters or move to higher areas. authorities say many houses and roads have been swamped with weather an they say more than 70,000 houses across the area are without electricity. weather officials are warning residents on kyushu to brace for
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heavy rain and flooding. residents of the amami region are preparing for the storm to make landfall. about 6,000 homes have lost power. people living in nigata have been dealing with extremely heavy rain as well. a rain front is producing unstable conditions. all that water has caused mudslides in two citiesi leadin to blocked roads. authorities are advising people in 5,000 households to take shelter from possible landslides and flooding. the typhoon is the main weather concern. we'll show you how people are preparing in just a minute. but let's go to mai shoji from the weather desk who is tracking the system for us. what can you tell us? >> we have been monitoring this typhoon neoguri which has become the strongest typhoon to hit in the month of july.
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it is decreasing its intensity slowly but steadily. you can see the outer bands will be impacting similar location. much of the southwestern islands of japan and kyushu for quite some time. and the emergency warning has been lifted once but again this morning it has been issue which means take immediate action to protect your life and the possibility of catastrophe is very high. as of right now it is located in northern areas of okinawa and it is likely to pull into kyushu possibly making landfall around thursday morning in kyushu with gusts of 180 kilometers an hour but it is decreasing its intensity. but despite the intensity of the system, the rainfall accumulation will just be pounding.
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this is due to the surge of the moisture from the south produced by the anti-clockwise rotation and also flowing from the ridge of the high pressure system to the rainy season band which is lingering in the northern locations of japan. 150 millimeters of rainfall could be provide here across tohoku region. 120 millimeters despite the proximity and the direct impact of it, staggering amounts. 300 millimeters plus that into friday. 600 millimeters could be possible. that totals to 900 millimeters. now to the storm preparations, residents are racing to secure their homes and forme formers -- farmers are working to protect their produce. >> reporter: as the sea churned off the coast of the island in
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shikoku, workers weren't taking chances. they took down a 400 kilogram statue of a samurai. they don't want fierce winds to blow it over. >> translator: we have to be well-prepared for this typhoon. >> reporter: residents are trying to be prepared too. they're boarding up windows and securing roof tiles. >> translator: the typhoon is big. we have to be ready. >> reporter: many are drawing lessons from past storms. a typhoon hit this part of japan in 1999. 4-meter high storm surges ravaged the coast. 12 people died. officials in the city of uki are calling on people to evacuate early and they are using a network of loud speakers to
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spread the warning. [ speaking foreign language ]. >> reporter: this man is a community lead whoever is helping to get the message out. he lived through the 1999 typhoon. three of his neighbors didn't evacuate in time. and the storm surge swept them away. nishida is warning his neighbors not to make the same mistake. one of them was already packing when he visited. >> translator: i've got rice and canned food. >> don't forget your pills. >> reporter: whether officials say the typhoon may affect tokyo. officials in one neighborhood are handing out sandbags to residents.
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people in northern japan are also taking precautions. farmers among them. they expect to feel the effects of the storm later in the week. >> translator: i don't want the typhoon to come before the end of this harvest season. >> reporter: he says he'll finish picking the cherries before the storm approaches. one of the strongest typhoons to hit japan this early in the season. authorities in north korea have provoked their neighbors. south korean military officials say early wednesday morning, the north koreans fired off two short-range ballistic missiles towards the sea of japan. there are no reports of damage. the officials say the north koreans launched the missiles at
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4:00 a.m. and 4:20 a.m. local time. from a point near a southwestern province. they say both missiles flew to the northeast. they believe both were scuds. the officials say the missiles flew about 500 kilometers then fell into the sea. officials in seoul say that north koreans want to demonstrate their capability to fire missiles from any time and from any place. over the last few months, authorities in pyongyang have staged a series of missile and rocket launches. . >> translator: i think it's difficult to understand pyongyang's actions as japan and north korea are trying to resolve the abduction issues and open the door for dialogue. >> the chief cabinet secretary said his government has launched a protest. indonesians are heading to polling stations to select their next president.
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they will pick the successor to susilo bambang yudoyono. he has led the country for the maximum ten years. opinion polls suggest the candidates are heading for a tight finish. jakarta governor, joko widodo and former general, prabowo subianto are running neck and neck. joko draws his support from the working class and pledged to improve social security. prabowo is running on his military record and promising to strengthen the presidency. >> translator: i'm here to run for indonesian president because i want to start a new chapter in this country's history. >> translator: if i become president i can develop our country and make indonesia strong. >> the winner will take the helm of southeast asia's largest
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economy, a country of 250 million people. >> translator: my hope is that joko becomes the new president. i think he will prioritize people's needs. >> translator: prabowo is my choice. he's firm and commanding. indonesia needs that kind of president. >> economists say the new leader will is to build new infrastructure and strengthen domestic industries to unlock the country's full potential. israel is stepping up against hamas. israel's military launched a massive air raid on the gaza strip. 23 people have died and more than 100 have been wounded. israeli troops bombed about 150 targets in response to recent rocket attacks from gaza. civilians, including women and children were among the
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casualties. an israeli raid in central gaza struck a car carrying hamas members. the attack killed three people. israeli military officials say palestinian fighters in gaza have launched 150 rockets since monday night. one landed in jerusalem. and four ha mat members were killed in a gunfight with israeli soldiers after making a sea-born landing in the south of the country. a spokesperson for the united nations says that -- >> an united states spokesperson expressed support for israel's actions.
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>> no country can support rocket attacks against its civilians. >> john kerry has been in close contact with israel's prime minister and other leaders in the region. the operator of fukushima daiichi has allowed the media to view their project aimed at trying to reduce huge amounts of radioactive wastewater. they have begun to create a wall of ice under the nuclear plant. engineers have designed the wall to keep groundwater from seeping into the facilities and becoming contaminated. they will freeze the soil around the reactors. tokyo electric power company officials took reporters to a site near the number 4 reactor building. workers are drilling 30 meter deep holes to install coolant pipes and also adding metal pipes that will protect them. they will begin to freeze the
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soil next march if the project goes as planned. crews are trying to stop contaminating water from flowing in the ocean. they're trying to freeze the water in a tunnel. but they haven't been successful in more than two months. the nuclear regulation authority has raised concerns that the ice wall will have the same problem. but the chief of the plant says the two projects use different methods. >> translator: we've confirmed through our verification test that the soil does freeze. so i think at this point the ice wall project will work. >> officials say the ice wall and the tunnel will intersect at one point. analysts fear if crews aren't able to freeze water inside the tunnel it could cause delays to the ice wall's construction. japanese politicians have been debating scrapping the country's nuclear reactors since the 2011 fukushima daiichi disaster. and now shinzo abe says he will push for nuclear energy as a key
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energy source. this edition of nuclear watch looks at the nuclear waste these facilities produce. >> reporter: located near japan's northern-most point horonobe is a small dairy farm town. here researchers of the japan atomic energy agency are discussing the possibility of final disposal of radioactive waste. workers at the facility that opened in 2003 have dug 380 meters into the ground. researchers are looking into whether nuclear waste can be safely stored. japan's nuclear energy policy says spent nuclear fuel must be reprocessed and recycled as fuel. in reprocessing, workers extract
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the plutonium and uranium as recyclable substances leaving behind highly toxic waste water. researchers mix that with heated glass and pour the high-level radioactive waste into steel containers. each unit is 1.3 meters in height and 500 kilograms in weight. and they emit radiation at extremely high level, enough to kill a person within 20 seconds. >> translator: regardless of japan's nuclear energy policy, highly radioactive nuclear waste must be disposed of. we have to ensure that such waste does not harm the human environment. >> reporter: where i'm standing right now is 250 meters underneath the ground level. and as you can see, here is a
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research facility for the study of the disposal of high-level radioactive waste. the facility must be safe for an extremely long time. as experts say it takes 100,000 years for radioactive waste to become harmless. researchers here study the movement of geological strata and undergroundwater. workers have to pump up 120 tons of undergroundwater daily. they also assess the durability of materials around the nuclear waste units to ensure that radio activity does not escape. this is an image of the underground storage facility. the 2 by 3 kilometer site has a capacity of 40,000 units. the total length of its tunnels is to be 270 kilometers.
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researchers hope to find out what impact an earthquake would have on the facility. they installed seismometers at the site and monitor tremors constantly. >> translator: radioactive waste stored here will have been processed into perfectly solid form. this means an earthquake would not destroy them. >> reporter: members of the country's most prestigious science association are voicing their concerns about deep p repository systems. they say it's difficult for japan to build underground storage facility as it is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity. they look for leaders to look for other technological
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developments to safely store waste. japan has 1007 nuclear waste units. the number would be 27,000 if all the nuclear waste at plants were processed. japanese leaders must season where and how to safely store the waste. researchers at horonobe plan to start an experiment using simulated waste units later this year. they say real nuclear waste will never be used here. the research agency and local government agree that radioactive materials will never be brought into the trip. the idea of storing nuclear waste underground is debated around the globe. only finland and sweden have chosen construction sites for such facilities.
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u.s. diplomats are asking why chinese leaders want to provide an alternative for something in place for decades. >> the chinese leaders want to set up a bank to invest in developing countries in asia. but american officials say it could provide unwelcome competition to the asian development bank. >> any proposal for new financial institution should clearly complain how it will compliment and add value to existing institutions. >> chinese leaders have been promoting their proposal abroad and they have been trying to get leaders from other countries to promise funding for it. but the president has always been japanese. chinese officials are expected to raise their proposal during
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talks with their u.s. counterparts in beijing. japanese leaders have given a checkup to the japanese health they want to give people access to the highest levels of care. policymakers at work on one idea next federal. one way they plan to do that is by launching a japanese version of the u.s. government's research center. it will be modelled after the national institutes of health. the people who run it will budget funds for studies and allocate money to universities research institutions. the policymakers also want to get new medicines into doctor's hands. they are aiming to have new drugs using ips technology in clinical use by 2020. ips cells can develop into any type of tissue. policymakers are hoping by 2030 to have a vaccine to fight any strain of influenza. and they're pushing for the development of new cancer drugs. they want clinical trials in
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five years on more than ten kinds of medicines. japan's prime minister is working to strengthen ties with a strategic ally, australia. shinzo abe has been pursuing a packed agenda in his visit, now in its third day. abed me with prime minister tony abbott and addressed members of parliament. the two leaders signed an economic partnership agreement. it will lower prices for beef in japan and allow australians to buy japanese cars more cheaply. the leaders also agreed to cooperate more closely in the areas of defense and security. abe's mission extends to natural resources and energy. the japanese rely on australian natural gas and coal for power generation and 60% of their iron ore comes from australia. abe will visit an iron ore mine later in the day.
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and now an update on the world cup. host brazil crashed out of the tournament in humiliating fashion, slumping to their biggest world cup defeat ever. they faced germany in the semifinals and has to play without neymar and thiago silva. thomas mueller put the germans ahead in the 11th minute and it was the start of a humiliating rout. they doubled the lead in the 23rd minute and became the world cup's all-time top scorer with 16 goals. then the brazilians fell apart. tony kroos scored twice and a fifth was added and germany was 5-0 up with just a half hour on the clock. there was more in the second half. a substitute scored the sixth and seventh goals.
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brazil got a consolation in the dying minutes but the game ended 7-1 and the hosts crashed out of the cup in historic fashion. [ speaking foreign language ]. thousands of german fans gathered to celebrate in front of berlin's brandenburg gate. the germans are in the final for the first time in 12 years. they haven't won the cup since 1990. brazil fans were left stunned by the scale of the defeat. the team can salvage some pride on saturday in the third-place playoff.
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argentina and the netherlands will play on wednesday for the chance to take on germany in the final. james rodriguez is the tournament's top scorer with 6 goals. thomas mueller's goal on tuesday takes him to second place. and that's all for tuesday's action from brazil. let's turn to mai shoji once again for the latest on typhoon neoguri and more in her world weather report. typhoon neoguri continues to slam the southwestern islands of japan and also affecting surrounding countries where there is a typhoon warning in place. we're likely to see more rainfall on top of these reports. 275 millimeters of rain has been reported there and gusts over
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110 kilometers per hour and waves are very high too. on top of this we're likely to see 200 millimeters of additional rainfall over the island and the waves will be still very high. gusts will be associated with that up to about 144 kilometers per hour. the southern coast of south korea has warnings the -- or watches i should say. taiwan will be escaping from the effects of the typhoon. but it's really far away from the typhoon but the philippines is getting slammed with torrents of rainfall. we have thunderstorm warning in place and a lot of rainfall which could lead to flooding. in europe central locations in the east is looking messy again. sophia in bulgaria had 10
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centimeters in diameter hail. it is lingering in similar locations and providing severe thunderstorms again and the rain will continue into the latter half of the workweek into friday in berlin and zurich. certainly flood willing be high risk. eastern locations of the united states we have four tornado touchdowns reported in iowa and pennsylvania. this is due to this cold front with the active low pressure system in the east. it will be spreading down to the south making it favorable for thunderstorms to pop up anywhere down here. dry thunderstorms could ignite wildfires out there in the pacific northwest. very hot in fresno at 39 degrees and yuma also looking at thunderstorm chances. and lastly, in brazil we're looking at this forecast for your wednesday on the semifinals. i'll leave you now for your extended forecast.
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and that is all for now on this edition of "newsline." i'm yuko aotani in tokyo.
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thank you very much for watching.
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